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When we just want a quick, inexpensive meal, we have a few restaurants on our short list.  Poblano’s is one of them and that’s where we went tonight.  They weren’t too busy, in fact they had half of the restaurant closed off for the evening.

Loren said the salsa was better this time.  A bit fresher with more chunks of tomato.  He ordered the burritos tipico with the cheese sauce on the side, so I ended up dipping some chips in it. 

That’s a whole lot of refried beans on that plate.  He said the burritos were ok, nothing special, but for $9, they satisfied his hunger.   As for me, someday, I will learn to not order shrimp at a non-seafood restaurant.

In my defense though, the last time I ordered the shrimp chimichanga here, it was pretty good.  This time, the shrimp had a definite frozen taste.  There’s a right way and a wrong way to defrost shrimp.  They failed miserably this time.

Our server wasn’t great either.  He’d disappear for long periods of time and there was something about him that I just didn’t like.  I can’t put my finger on it, but he just didn’t impress.  Total bill was $24 with a drink.

Poblanos Mexican Grill
245 McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
727-796-7080

Poblano Mexican Grill and Bar on Urbanspoon

Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • We ate dinner at Hacienda Mexican Grill over on Drew Street tonight.  It wasn’t very busy for a Friday night, but I’m all for not having to wait for a table.

    They started us off with some chips and salsa.

    Loren said the salsa tasted very fresh, though it wasn’t very spicy at all.  He ordered the carnitas.

    He really enjoyed the dish.  Said everything tasted very fresh and flavorful.  The pork was very tender.  The guacamole had a little kick to it.  The rice and beans were standard fare.

    I ordered the shrimp chimichanga.

    It was rather disappointing.  The shrimp tasted as though they had been frozen and quickly defrosted.  They just had a taste to them that was not fresh and flavorful.  Definitely not good eats.  

    They had live music tonight, but I’m never sure what the proper etiquette is when they come to your table and play.  Should you let your food get cold while you watch and listen or is considered rude to continue eating?  Don’t get wrong, they were very good, but I’d just rather not have them focus directly on our table while we’re eating.  

    Total bill was $24. 

    Hacienda Mexican Grill
    2551 Drew St, Ste 104
    Clearwater, FL
    727-286-6113

    La Hacienda Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant recently opened up in the space that was once Albertos and then Lonzalos in Oldsmar.  I am so happy now to have a Mexican restaurant close to work. 

    The menu had the typical fare with lunch specials under $10.  I went for the shrimp chimichanga which came with rice and beans.

    I enjoyed it.  It could have been fried a little longer to make it crispier, but the filling was very tasty.  It was covered with a white cheese sauce and all mixed together made for a tasty lunch.   I forgot to get a photo of my friend’s lunch.  She got a combo with a soft taco and chile relleno.  She said they tasted good, but didn’t realize the chile relleno had meat as well as cheese in it.  She thought it would just be cheese.  She also said the salsa was good.

    The service wasn’t that great though.  Our waiter spoke very softly, so it was difficult to understand him and once he dropped off our food, we didn’t see him again until we were finished.  Total was just under $10.  I’ll definitely be back to try some of the other dishes.

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant
    3970 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-7159

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Oldsmar
  • Heading out to Tampa tonight to see the musical “Dreamgirls” and stopped at Guadalajara Mexican restaurant for dinner. 

    Loren likes their chips and salsa.

    He got the chicken fajitas which came with rice and beans.

    He said it was pretty good.  I ordered a chicken chimichanga.

    It suffered the fate of so many chimichangas and wasn’t crispy at all.  Otherwise, though, the flavor was good.   The service was somewhat non-existent.  After our waitress brought our food, we didn’t see her again until we were finished.  Total bill was $28.

    Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
    4502 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-879-4096

    Guadalajara Mexican on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Tampa
  • I hate it when I go to a restaurant specifically because I have a coupon only to find out that they’re no longer accepting them.  That’s what happened to us tonight at Caramba’s in Dunedin.  The $25 Restaurant.com coupon that I downloaded before we left wasn’t being honored anymore.

    The waitress brought chips and salsa to the table and Loren and Alex jumped right in.  The salsa at Caramba’s is different from a lot of other places.  Loren said it was a bit spicier tonight too.

    They both ordered fajitas, one chicken and one beef.

    They were ok and had plenty for leftovers.  I ordered the Combo #4 which is a burrito and chimichanga with rice and beans.

    There was a lot of food on the plate and both items were filled with chicken.  I was happy to finally get a chimi that was crispy.  Overall the food was ok, nothing stood out and the flavors were relatively bland.

    They weren’t very busy for a Friday night, but with only one waitress working the dining room and cash register, the service was pretty slow.  She also wasn’t very observant, leaving drinks empty and when we asked for more salsa, she didn’t bring more chips even though the basket was empty. 

    Total dinner for the three of us was $37.

    Caramba’s Restaurant
    1840 Drew St
    Clearwater, FL
    727-286-6208

    Caramba's Mexican on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Mexican